News and Analysis (6/12/07)

“The President cannot eliminate constitutional protections with the stroke of a pen by proclaiming a civilian, even a criminal civilian, an enemy combatant subject to indefinite military detention”–US court of appeals ruling…

…Meanwhile Georgetown law Professor Rosa Brooks opines that term “unlawful enemy combatant” is the Bush administration’s failed legal attempt to have its cake and it eat too, and ironically finds that civilian courts have been more effective at prosecuting terrorists than the military tribunals:

State hegemony and intellectual incompetence cause people to lose trust in the leaders of the once prestigious Al-Azhar University in Egypt:

“Dirty bomber” Jose Padilla trial centers on the translation and meaning of words, with defense arguing that the FBI misconstrues the concept of jihad and “used the most sinister language possible in its translations:”

Government hypocrisy in Egypt’s latest electoral farce as ruling party claims “unprecedented freedom of expression” and uses religious icon as its party symbol on ballots for illiterate voters, but bans use of religious slogans and images in opposition members’ campaigns and prevents people from reaching polling stations and arrests opposition candidates:

Muslim faithful of Dagestan caught between heavy-handed tit-for-tat provocations between Russian security forces and militant rebels:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

One Response to “News and Analysis (6/12/07)”

  1. Lew Koch says:

    Thanks for the links. They’re very helpful.

    Lew Koch

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